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Rutgers Master Gardener Program

Rutgers Master Gardeners are unique group of volunteers trained in horticulture by Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel to provide outreach programs to home gardeners in their community.

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Need More Master Gardener Information?

Email: gyurian@co.somerset.nj.us or cubano@co.somerset.nj.us - or -

Contact the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County Helpline:

908-526-6293, ext. 3 (March - October, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 12 Noon.

Email: rcemastergardener@co.somerset.nj.us (Year-Round). In case we need to reach you for further information, please include your phone number within your email message.

WE WANT YOU! Want to be a Master Gardener? Print and return the application, pre-test and volunteer agreement (found to the right of this webpage) - The 2019/2020 PROGRAM IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS (UNTIL MAY 31). Click here for the flyer.

What do we do? These volunteers learn about horticulture, provide community and university services, and enjoy the company of other like-minded volunteers. Where do we work? Through opportunities in and through the Somerset County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the existing Master Gardener program, newly trained volunteers return 100 hours within 18 months of completing their training to becomeCertified Rutgers Master Gardeners. To remain certified and active in the program, volunteers return 25 hours annually while also attending 10 hours of continuing education each year.

Community service includes such areas as the Garden Helpline, Children's Programs, Speaker's Bureau, Horticultural Therapy, Public Outreach Events, and many others. University service includes volunteering in agriculture and horticulture research at various university-held properties.

Upcoming Events:

Container Gardening

Friday, May 10, 2019, 10-11 am

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater

No space for an in-ground garden? Have clay or rocky soil in your years?  Don’t like tilling and weeding, or you have limited mobility or trouble bending?  Perhaps container gardening is for you!

Linda Lewis, a Rutgers master Gardener of Somerset County, will present “Container Gardening,” a guide to home grown vegetables or colorful flowers without expensive tools and back breaking labor.  Make gardening fun again with the use of containers.  The cost is $10 per person (no refunds). After this class, participants should have the confidence to put their newfound knowledge to work.  Any questions, call 908-526-6293, option 4.

$10 per person (no refunds). Space is limited, so reserve your seat now! RSVP by May 6, 2019.

Download the flyer here.

Going Native!

Friday, May 17, 2019, 10-11 am

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater

Learn about the benefits of native plants in your home garden. Hal Beder, a Rutgers Master Gardener of Somerset County, will present “Going Native”, a guide to New Jersey native plants, how to care for them and where to buy them.  After this class, participants should have the confidence to put their newfound knowledge to work.  Any questions, call 908-526-6293, option 4.

The cost is $10 per person (no refunds). RSVP due date is May 13, 2019.

Download the flyer here.

Chyrsanthemums

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 10-11 am

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater

Chrysanthemums are one of the easiest plants to grow and are perfect for green or brown fingered gardeners.. Cindy Hedin will present “Chrysanthemums”, a guide to caring and handling of garden mums and exhibition varieties; especially disbudnding, will be explained and illustrated.The workshop will also present photos of the magnificent 1,000 bloom plants and other very special mums, as well as illustrate the history of the premier fall flower, the many varieties and chrysanthemum culture. The cost is $10 per person (no refunds).   RSVP due date is May 19, 2019. After this class, participants should have the confidence to put their newfound knowledge to work.  Any questions, call 908-526-6293, option 4.

The cost is $10 per person (no refunds).  RSVP due date is May 19, 2019

Download the flyer here.

Vegetable Gardening from Planting to Harvest

Monday, June 3, 2019, 10-11 am

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 310 Milltown Rd., Bridgewater

Whether you are growing vegetables in containers, raised beds, or in the ground, learn when to plant, what to plant and how to care for and maintain your garden. The program discusses soil amendments, vegetable families, planting seeds vs. transplants as well as pest and disease management. Gets tips on growing the most popular vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and more! After this class, participants should have the confidence to put their newfound knowledge to work.  Any questions, call 908-526-6293, option 4.

The cost is $10 per person (no refunds). RSVP due date is May 19, 2019.

Download the flyer here.

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